Samantha Bee, TBS apologize after profane insult aimed at Ivanka Trump
Samantha Bee, TBS apologize after profane insult aimed at Ivanka Trump
Samantha Bee is apologizing for crossing a line in a Full Frontal immigration segment aimed at Ivanka Trump in Wednesday's episode. "Do something," the TBS host urged, calling the president's daughter and aide a female slur. The offending word was bleeped but its .
"I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night," Bee said in her apology tweet, published Thursday afternoon. "It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it."
In a separate statement, TBS said, "Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.â
Her remarks, and the network's response, came hours after the White House registered its disgust and TBS pulled the clip from YouTube.
Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, accused the media of bias in quickly canceling Roseanne over its star's racist tweet, directed at former President Obama's aide Valerie Jarrett, but merely apologizing for language directed at President Trump's daughter.
"The double standard is truly astounding," Grisham said. "Time and again the Trump family and members of this administration are subjected to false reporting, hateful rhetoric and outrageous lies, all in the name of freedom of speech or comedy, yet the mainstream media stays silent."
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also weighed in: âThe language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious. The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling,â she said in a statement. "Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.â
Used-car marketplace AutoTrader.com also announced Thursday that it was pulling its ads from Full Frontal amid the mounting backlash.
"Thank you to those who reached out regarding our sponsorship of Full Frontal," they announced on Twitter. " The comments expressed by Samantha Bee were offensive and unacceptable and do not reflect the views of our company. As a result, we have suspended our sponsorship of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee."
How it all began
The TBS host had a short but striking message for the first daughter, whom she urged to "do something" about her father's immigration policy rathe r than post "the second most oblivious tweet we've seen this week."
"You know, Ivanka, that's a beautiful photo of you and your child but let me just say, one mother to another: Do something about your dad's immigration practices you feckless (expletive)," she said. "He listens to you."
Bee suggested, "Put on something tight and low cut and tell your father to (expletive) stop it," she said. "Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes."
The Trump administration has been stepping up criminal prosecutions of people crossing the border illegally this month, in line with President Trump campaign promises. Earlier this week, debate sparked around the administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.
Bee also suggested a way to get the president to listen."Put on something tight and low cut and tell your father to (expletive) stop it," s he said. "Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes."
Bee's comment, especially the use of the c-word, didn't go without notice, as many tweeted their disapproval and compared her to Roseanne Barr, whose show ABC canceled following her racist tweets.
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson pointed out inequalities he sees between what liberals and conservatives can get away with saying.
"So ABC just fired Roseanne for her tweet. Will TBS fire Samatha Bee for her actual on-air monologue?," he questioned. "Seems to me that calling Ivanka Trump a 'feckless (expletive)' is just as bad as suggesting Valerie Jarrett is an ape."
He continued, "All the progressives in my timeline telling me the Roseanne situation and Samantha Bee situation are not comparable will, Iâm sure, be fine when Trump supporters start calling Clinton, Warren, Pelosi, etc. the same as what Samanth a Bee called Ivanka Trump."
NBC's Megyn Kelly also tweeted about Bee's comments.
"This is disgusting. How is this acceptable? And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne? You know the saying Love is Love? Well Hate is Hate," she tweeted, sharing a story about Bee's comments.
Author Herman Cain also commented about canceling Bee's show.
"Hey @TBSNetwork, shall I assume the Samantha Bee cancellation news will come later today? No?" he tweeted. "You don't care that this poor man's Jon Stewart is completely horrible? Ok, then..."
Others agreed with Bee's comments.
"Ivanka Trump is a feckless (expletive). Thank you for your honesty, Samantha Bee," one user tweeted. "(Samantha Bee) is great at triggering conservative snowflakes."
"If you think Samantha Bee's vulgarity is equivalent to racism then you're either ignorant, maliciously dishonest, or a racist yourself," another said, defending Bee.
"Stop comparing it to what @TheRealRoseanne said. Roseanne used a racist term. Samantha did not," another said.
Bee also took aim at Roseanne Barr's tweet that suggested sleep drug Ambien caused her to make racist comments earlier this week.
Barr wrote in a since-deleted tweet Tuesday that "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." The "vj" stood for Valerie Jarrett, an Obama White House aide. This led to the cancellation of her hit ABC show Roseanne.
Sanofi, who makes Ambien, tweeted a response to Barr, who claimed she was "Ambien tweeting": "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."
Full Frontal decided to see what it would be like if racism was a side effect, however, by imagining a commercial for the drug that reassured "a great night sleep and a convenient excuse are just one little pill away."
The fake ad also warned that in addition to helping you fall asleep, the drug may make you "more racist."
"I mean, you were already racist, but maybe Ambien made it worse?" the narrator says. "Until you know how Ambien will effect you, you shouldn't drive in urban areas, operate heavy machinery or visit a Starbucks."
The narrator also read off a list of "extremely not rare side effects" that all had racial undertones including, "clutching your purse as a person of color walks by," "deciding to move 'up state'" and more.Red carpet: Samantha Bee's 'Not the W HCD' Fullscreen
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.'Full Frontal' host Samantha Bee welcomes attendees to her first-ever Not the White House Correspondents Dinner at Washington's DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday, April 29, which happened to be the 100th day of the Trump administration. Fullscreen The 'Not the Correspondents Dinner' bash, announced in January, got a boost a month later when President Trump announced he'd be skipping the official WHCD. Would there be a (fake) Trump at her event? Bee would neither confirm nor deny rumors that Alec Baldwin might make an appearance. Fullscreen Jere Burns, who's currently starring in TBS' 'Angie Tribeca,'and Morgan Walsh pose on the press line. Fullscreen Retta, whose 'Parks and Recreation' character brought "Treat Yo Self Day" into fans' lives, hits the press line in a regal red gown. Fullscreen 'Veep' actress Meredith Hagner hits the carpet with 'Search Party' actor John Early. Fullscreen Austin Nichols, who starred on the just-concluded 'Bates Motel,' and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' actress Chloe Bennet work the purple carpet in tandem. Fullscreen Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, left, actress Ali Larter and 'Angie Tribeca' star Hayes MacArthur greet each other on the purple carpet. Fullscreen 'Top Chef' ; host Padma Lakshmi and venture capitalist Adam Dell pose on the 'Not the WHCD' press line. Fullscreen Van Jones, host of CNN's 'The Messy Truth,' is all smiles on the carpet. Fullscreen CNN's Jake Tapper spends some time on the other side of the microphone, taking questions from reporters on the purple carpet. We wouldn't be surprised if several asked him about being spoofed on 'Saturday Night Live.' Fullscreen Tapper and wife Jennifer skipped "Nerd Prom" in favor of 'Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner.' Fullscreen Comedienne Robin Thede, who served as head writer for 'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' a nd helped write his WHCD speech last year, strikes a pose. Fullscreen 'Stranger Things' star Cara Buono trades Hawkins, Ind., for Washington, D.C. Fullscreen Former 'Nightly Show' writer Franchesca Ramsey gets in front of the camera for a change. Fullscreen Actor Spencer Garrett, who played a White House aide in 'Air Force One' works the purple carpet with CNN's Dana Bash. Fullscreen Actress Karrueche Tran goes full floral at the 'Full Frontal' event. Fullscreen You may recognize CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, the reporter whom Trump famously called fake news and refuse d to call on during a January press conference following the release of the infamous MI6 dossier. Fullscreen 'Super Size Me' filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and wife Sara Bernstein can probably count on better food than McDonald's at the after-party. Fullscreen Designers and DJs Marylouise Pels and Vanessa Giovacchini of Posso pause on the purple carpet. Fullscreen Actress and former 'SNL' cast member Ana Gasteyer. Fullscreen 'Arrested Development' star Alia Shawkat was last seen playing Alexander Hamilton on Comedy Central's 'Drunk History.' Fullscreen A reporter chats up Canadian comedian and 'Full Frontal' producer Allana Harkin. Fullscreen CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, a veteran of many White House Correspondents Dinners, attends the inaugural 'Not the WHCD' bash. Fullscreen Bee's Canadian countrywomen, Musicians/singers Tegan and Sara, hit the 'Not the WHCD' red carpet. Fullscreen 'Full Frontal' writer Ashley Nicole Black is technically on the job. FullscreenReplay
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